53-year-old Ukrainian chess legend Vasyl Ivanchuk takes on 17-year-old Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa when the Julius Baer Generation Cup, the 7th event on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, starts Sunday, September 18th. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who faces one of his potential successors Arjun Erigaisi in Round 1, tops a field that spans the generations.
The Julius Baer Generation Cup features a 16-player field packed with players from multiple chess generations.
We’re thrilled to have chess legends Vasyl Ivanchuk (53) and Boris Gelfand (54), who have been top players for over 30 years.
Then there’s the generation of World Champion Magnus Carlsen (31) and those within 7-8 years either side: Levon Aronian (39), David Navara (37), Radek Wojtaszek (35), Ivan Saric (32), Liem Le (31), Anish Giri (28) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (24).
Then we have the generation of teenagers currently taking the world by storm. India’s Arjun Erigaisi (19), Germany’s Vincent Keymer (17) and Hans Niemann (19) from the USA have all crossed 2700 for the 1st time recently, while India’s Praggnanandhaa (17) is rapidly closing on that mark. The youngest player in the field is 15-year-old Christopher Yoo, the reigning US Junior Champion.
The one remaining spot goes to the winner of Leg 3 of the MPL Indian Chess Tour, which will be decided on the same day as this announcement.
The action kicks off at 12:00 ET/18:00 CEST/21:30 IST on Sunday, September 18th, and runs for eight days.
The first four days see each player play every other player once, with 15 minutes per game, plus a 10-second increment after each move. The pairings are already out, including Ivanchuk-Praggnanandhaa, Gelfand-Niemann and Erigaisi-Carlsen in Round 1.
The top 8 players go forward to a knockout, where ties are played as mini-matches of four 15-minute games.
The Julius Baer Generation Cup has a $150,000 prize fund, with $750 available for every win during the Preliminary stage.
The two players who reach the final will also automatically qualify for the final Major of the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, an 8-player tournament to be held in San Francisco this November.
We’re also getting down to the final stages of the Tour, with a $50,000 bonus going to the winner. Magnus Carlsen is currently the clear favourite, but Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Praggnanandhaa could close the gap.
The inaugural Generation Cup is being put on through a partnership between Swiss private bank Julius Baer and the Play Magnus Group.
Marco Parroni, Head of Global Sponsoring & Partnership at Julius Baer, said:
"The Julius Baer Generation Cup, with its inclusive intention, marks an even deeper involvement in the chess world for us.
The commitment to the Generation Cup is a consistent step for us, after we already supported last year’s Challengers Chess Tour, a unique gender-balanced chess event designed to promote new talent, which we continue to support this year as well."
We’ll once again be broadcasting every move from the Julius Baer Generation Cup live here on chess24. You can watch with our Oslo commentary team of David, Kaja, Simon, Jovanka and Askild…
…or with Peter and Tania.